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Tel Aviv University Researchers Find Sharp Spike In Global Anti-Semitism

USA Today / Religion News Service | Kim Hjelmgaard | Posted 04.17.2015 | Religion

The number of violent anti-Semitic attacks around the world surged nearly 40 percent last year, according to a report released Wednesday by researcher...

Ukraine, Politics of History and Jewish Identity: A Personal Story

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 04.15.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Sadly, many Ukrainians have little knowledge of their own country's colorful past and tend to promote a rather monolithic and narrow-minded view of history based solely upon the Ukrainian ethnic experience. Perhaps it would be more productive to delve into the country's rich interethnic experience so as to foster greater understanding between Ukrainians and minority populations.

A Time for Free Speech... And More of It

Nancy Fuchs Kreimer | Posted 04.09.2015 | Religion
Nancy Fuchs Kreimer

As Jews and Christians in Philadelphia prepared for the weekend in which we celebrate Passover and Easter, just such sickening sentiments began appearing on 84 buses in our public transit system.

Iran and Israel and US

Paula Gordon | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

The interventionist 19th century British Prime Minister Lord Palmerston famously said that "Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests."

Picturing the Jewish Jesus: Bill O'Reilly and the National Geographic Channel Get It Right.

Bernard Starr | Posted 04.02.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

When I tuned in on March 29, 2015, for the National Geographic's film production Killing Jesus, adapted from Bill O'Reilly's book Killing Jesus, I was poised, pen in hand, to write about the return of Jesus the Tea Party guy.

Jesus Is My Homeboy

Yolanda Shoshana | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion
Yolanda Shoshana

When the movie ended, I was filled with emotion. I did not have any expectations of the film. I had assumed it would be like most religious films complete with a full white cast. Instead it was the most diverse looking religious film that I have ever seen.

How to Lead a Kick-Ass Passover Seder!

Archie Gottesman | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion
Archie Gottesman

Passover is fast approaching, and Jews the world over are planning their annual Seders. But the sad truth is, so many Seders are as dull as a piece of plain matzo. Now yours doesn't have to be! Just follow these simple steps to host a Seder that will seriously kick some ass.

Gaining Light, Not Darkness, From a Tragedy

Eli Verschleiser | Posted 03.25.2015 | Religion
Eli Verschleiser

Even in the darkest of tragedies some light can be found. Better education about fire safety to preserve life can be one source. So could an opportunity for better-understanding, rather than a rush to quick and often ugly judgments.

Turkey Unveils $2.5 Million Great Synagogue As Its Jewish Population Fades Away

Reuters | Ayla Jean Yackley | Posted 03.25.2015 | Religion

By Ayla Jean Yackley EDIRNE, Turkey, March 25 (Reuters) - When the domes of Edirne's abandoned Great Synagogue caved in, Rifat Mitrani...

Evolution's Deadly Tradeoffs? Diseases That Can Kill Us May Also Save Lives And Increase IQ

Jon Entine | Posted 03.24.2015 | Science
Jon Entine

Harmful mutations usually disappear because people who carry mutant genes often die at an early age or have difficulty in finding mates. But there are exceptions to the grinding work of nature: when a mutation offers some survival benefit.

How Jews, Muslims and Christians Are Making Peace Go Viral in the Middle East

Negar Mojtahedi | Posted 03.23.2015 | Good News
Negar Mojtahedi

Taha, a young-handsome man from Tunisia got stuck in an elevator in Jordan with a beautiful stranger. She asked him where he was from. When he told her, she replied, "Omg, I love Tunisia! I am from Israel."

Jewish Voters: Values Trump Interests

Bill Schneider | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics
Bill Schneider

Jews have conservative interests and liberal values. Most Jews vote their values. So do a lot of other voters whose interests pull them one way and their values another way. For instance, a lot of working-class voters have liberal economic interests and conservative social values. They, too, tend to vote their values.

Living While Jewish: Fighting Anti-Semitism And Hate In The 21st Century

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.20.2015 | Religion

Welcome to the latest ALL TOGETHER -- the podcast dedicated to exploring how ethics, religion and spiritual practice inform our personal lives, ou...

We Are All Atheists

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

So a Rabbi and an Atheist walk into a bar. What is funny about this joke entree is that the encounter made real news, in the form of a nice talk about good and evil, with the implication that an atheist cannot tell the difference.

Danes Form Human Chain Outside Targeted Copenhagen Synagogue In Show Of Unity

AP | Posted 03.15.2015 | Religion

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Thousands of people of different faiths have formed a human ring outside the synagogue in Copenhagen where a Jewish secur...

Rick Santorum and Your Grandparents

Robert Slayton | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Robert Slayton

Rick Santorum just endorsed measures created, not to save jobs, but to block the arrival of people the framers did not want in this country. People like many of our grandparents.

Should the Swastika Be Rehabilitated or Forever Damned? A Surprising Debate

Bernard Starr | Posted 03.12.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Four hundred years or more from now, could the narrative be changed? Could the swastika become a symbol of victory over persecution and genocide?

The Purim Story Is a Warning, Not a Justification

Naomi Dann | Posted 03.04.2015 | Religion
Naomi Dann

For Netanyahu, the story of Purim, which comes from the Book of Esther, was a story about Jewish survival in the face of intended annihilation. But he forgot to finish the story.

Meet the Purim Cast to Understand What's Happening in Our World Today (Best Screenplay Award Goes to God)

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 03.05.2015 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

Purim is a great drama. It is also a symbol of what our world can be when we abolish the disunity between us. As then, so now, it has to start from the Jews. "Love your neighbor as yourself" was given to us first.

Anti-Semitism Is On The Rise In German Schools

HuffPost Germany | Christoph Asche | Posted 03.05.2015 | Religion

MUNICH -- Scrawling swastikas on synagogues, Jew-baiting during demonstrations, desecration of Jewish cemeteries: Once again, 75 years after the Holoc...

A Futile Letter from a University of Minnesota Student to Academia

Ron Feingold | Posted 03.04.2015 | College
Ron Feingold

You are now at your lowest academia, and I want you back to brilliance. I, and the world, deeply cherished the freedom that you provide, but the moment that hiding behind your freedom gives people a shield to support your disgraces, you have failed.

House and Senate Dems, Show Up for Bibi Please!

Lonna Saunders | Posted 03.03.2015 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

To House Democrats, Democratic Senators, your taxpaying constituents pay your salaries for you to show up. Whatever you think of the man, you need to honor and respect his office.

Friends in High Places: The Jewish Story of Purim

Tamar Frankiel, Ph.D. | Posted 03.02.2015 | Religion
Tamar Frankiel, Ph.D.

The story as handed down appears in the biblical Book of Esther. The setting was ancient Persia, probably 2400 years ago. The Jewish minority was well assimilated, but viciously hated by some, including a powerful minister of state named Haman.

Report: Global Harassment Of Jews Has Reached A Seven-Year High

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 02.26.2015 | Religion

The number of countries where Jewish people are mistreated is at a seven-year high. According to the Pew Research Center, about a quarter of the wo...

Agents of Change: 5 Inspiring Souls Worthy of Our Attention Right Now

Greg Archer | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
Greg Archer

They walk among us -- those agents of change. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are. Take note of five stand-outs creating significant sea changes.